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Rural Arts release a biannual programme which provides information on our workshops, events and other in-house creative endeavours! We invite everyone, despite your experience or expertise to join us to learn and develop your creativity in a relaxed, encouraging and inspiring enviroment with other likeminded individuals. 



We have a talented team of tutors, mainly based in Yorkshire and the North East who sell their high quality work commercially in galleries all over the UK and through bespoke commissions. As well as having decades worth of experience working within the art sector, the majority have teaching qualifications and are trained to a high standard within their particular specialism. 

A Taste of Art

Our Taste of Art workshop series are creative sessions that aim to provide an introduction to a technique or art form. They last a couple of hours every Wednesday morning and are delivered by qualified tutors and artists who aim to give you an insight into a craft. The sessions are aimed at all levels and the focus is on experimentation and discovery of new mediums, techniques and subjects. We use materials and equipment that are accessible and low cost, offering you the chance to take up these activities again within your own home. 

Open Studio Schemes

For workshops which require specialised equipment, we open our studio up to the general public offering everyone the opportunity to develop their art work further, using our facilities and studio space. Our Open Studios for Ceramics and Printmaking are run every Thursday and Friday between 10am - 3pm. The Open Studios are not taught courses, but technicians and supportive volunteers are on hand, who are willing to support you and offer encouragement throughout. Members of the open studios have also displayed their work and been involved in exhibitions and events at Rural Arts under the name the 'Arts Collective'. If you have some experience already by attending a printmaking or ceramics course at Rural Arts and are looking to specifically develop your own projects, then the Open Studio groups would be for you. The Ceramics and Print studios operate in monthly blocks, working out at only £12 per weekly session. Work spaces are limited so please book through our website or by popping into the building.

To find out more or to express your interest in joining our group studios, email our Operations Manager Angela Holt at  

"I like coming into Rural Arts, I like everyone. Everyone is very friendly, helpful, easy to understand. It's a great atmosphere - lots of gay laughter! It's quite therapeutic and a remedy for my jangling nerves. I think everyone would benefit from coming in some way. I have no form as an artist so there are a lot of new beginners here..."

– Martin Brownlee, Arts Collective.


The majority of our core workshops are based on a Saturday and can vary between half day (10am - 1pm) or full day sessions (10am - 4pm). Our full day sessions also include an hour for lunch; where you are welcome to join the tutor in our cafe, or take a short walk into the town centre of Thirsk if you would prefer. These workshops are lead by our team of professional tutors, who all are incredibly passionate about passing on their skills and giving you the opportunity to create a finished product which draws on techniques and knowledge they have developed within their specialisms. After joining them for even a few hours, you will be blown away by the quality of their work and artistic talents. Most of our core workshops are suited for all abilities, however there may be a few which require some basic knowledge which is detailed on each listing.


If you have any questions or queries about any of the workshops, or are an art practitioner interested in delivering a workshop with us, please email our Community Engagement Officer Poppy Oldham at


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